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Alberto Mingardi: July 2013

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The sticky label of 'Social Darwinism'

Economic Philosophy
Alberto Mingardi
Advocates of the market economy are often dismissed as heartless and deaf to the needs of the poor. "Social Darwinism" seems to be a label perfectly tailored to convey such an alleged preference for efficiency over humanity. The concept, as... MORE

Is royalty the most absurd thing?

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
Art Carden uses a brilliant tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson to point out the absurdity of royalty: "A curious tradition -- to look at a newborn baby and say to yourself, 'Because of your DNA, one day you will rule... MORE

Thoughts from the hospital

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
Alberto Mingardi
I am just back from an unplanned vacation in a hospital. In a very fundamental way, I know I was lucky. I live in Milan, in Lombardy (9.7 million people, GDP per capita € 33.500), where we enjoy good quality... MORE

Will autarchy save the Galapagos biodiversity?

Property Rights
Alberto Mingardi
In the Galapagos, the authorities understandably exhort the population to conserve the amazing natural legacy of the islands. But I notice that they also stress the need to move towards agricultural self sufficiency, establishing a priority lane for local products.... MORE

The idea that "competition among states and regions [...] lays the groundwork for technological progress and economic growth" is almost taboo in the European debate. Perfectly reasonable people, that may favor competition elsewhere, apparently came to the conclusion that competition... MORE

In praise of Over-Legislation (the essay)

Regulation
Alberto Mingardi
This very same month in 1853, the Westminster Review was publishing a truly seminal article in the history of classical liberalism: "Over-Legislation" by Herbert Spencer. In his lifetime, Spencer was virtually a household name among philosophers. He has since been... MORE

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